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On The Air: Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road” 


Panelists: Survivor, Lisa Dryer and Caregiver, Jeannette Davidson-Mayer

Topic: Daily Living & Organizational Skills



Donna O’Donnell Figurski

images-1Living day by day with a brain injury can be an utmost challenge. Juggling fatigue, memory loss, or dealing with concentration issues, to name just a few, can be extremely overwhelming. So how does one overcome these problems while trying to get through the day? These are some of the topics that Lisa Dryer, Jeannette Davidson-Mayer, and I discussed. Some really good ideas came out of the discussion. Tips that be easily utilized to help folks make their lives a bit more simple and controlled. I hope you will listen to the show to find out.

Dryer, Lisa SurvivorPanelist and survivor, Lisa Dryer, talked about having structure in her life, which helps her to stay more organized. Structure adds a balance that helps to make things more predictable. A predictable life is easier to maneuver through.

03 Jeannette Davidson-Mayer 110115Panelist and caregiver, Jeannette Davidson-Mayer, elaborated on her “Central Command Center,” which is located in her kitchen. She said this method worked best for her husband, DeWayne, who received five brain injuries while serving in Iraq. Post-It notes and whiteboards help to keep Jeannette’s family more organized.

If you missed this show, “Daily Living & Organizational Skills” on “Another Fork in the Road” with Lisa Dryer and caregiver, Jeannette Davidson-Mayer on November 1, 2015 don’t fret. You can listen to the archived show here. Click the link below.

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On The Air: Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road” with panelists: survivor, Lisa Dryer and caregiver, Jeannette Davidson-Mayer on “Daily Living & Organizational Skills”

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Comments on: "On The Air: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road” Daily Living & Organizational Skills" (4)

  1. Organization kicks me in the tail. I can usually hold it together if someone organizes things with me there. I’m almost afraid to open “that” closet.


    • Lydia, keeping organized can be a major challenge as you know. I wonder if you took it one step at a time, if you could slowly get things in order. For example, always placing something like your keys in one spot. Doing something repetitively can help to make things easier. Of course, it will take a good long time, but it might make little things easier. Let me know if you try – and if it works.

      Did you have a chance to listen to my radio show about Daily Living and Organizational Skills. My panelists and I talked about a lot of things that work for us. Maybe you can find some thing there to help.

      Good Luck and thanks for posting.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


      • The keys work. I’ve been doing that since I got hurt. One of my friends hung the key rack and we put up a few reminder notes until it became habit. I go nuts trying to organize shelves, desks, etc. Always losing paperwork. And if I don’t pack up everything the night before, I panic and have to do the OVD type thing of checking everything 5 or 6 times.
        It’s frustrating because I used to be really organized before.


      • Lydia, I can see how frustrating it must be. Glad to know the key “thing” works. Losing important paperwork must be maddening. Can you buy one of those paper trays from Staples and get used to always putting important papers there? Kind of like the keys. Over time, it will become habit. One step at a time.

        I try to keep my decor really sparse so I can see everything at a glance, but my desk in my office is my catch-all . . . and my challenge. But, at least I KNOW whatever I am looking for will be there. lol

        Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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